Escondido is a general law city governed by a five-member City Council. The Mayor and the City Treasurer are directly elected at large. The City of Escondido has been divided into four (4) districts, which shall be used for all regular elections of Council members; for the recall of any Council member elected; for the appointment of any new Council member to fill a vacancy in the office of member of the Council; and for any special election to fill a vacancy in the office of member of the Council.  The term of office for each member is four years with staggered terms.

The November 3, 2020 local election is very important. Three Escondido City Council seats are up for election, and the candidates selected to fill those seats will define the policy direction for the City of Escondido for years to come. Be informed and cast your vote to help shape the future.

To find your nearest polling place, ballot drop-off location, and the candidates running for Council, use the map to search by address, or go to the links below in the Questions section.

Candidate Information by District


District 1 is currently served by Consuelo Martinez - Deputy Mayo
This seat is up for re-election in November 2022.

District 2 is currently vacant due to the passing of Councilman John Masson and is up for re-election this year. For information and details on the candidates running for this seat, please see below.

District 3 is currently served by Olga Diaz and is up for re-election this year. For information and details on the candidates running for this seat, please see below.

District 4 is currently served by Mike Morasco and is up for re-election this year. For information and details on the candidates running for this seat, please see below.

Registration Deadline

  • Online – October 19, 2020
  • By mail – Must be postmarked by November 3, 2020
  • In-person at the County Registrar’s Office – November 3, 2020, by 8 pm

Absentee Ballot Deadline

  • Request – October 27, 2020
  • By mail – Must be postmarked by November 3, 2020
  • In-person at the County Registrar’s Office – November 3, 2020, by 8 pm

Early Voting

  • Begins at County Registrar’s Office October 5, 2020, and is open M-F from 8 am – 5 pm
  • Mail ballot drop-off locations are open from October 6, 2020 - November 3, 2020
  • Super polls are open from October 31, 2020- November 2, 2020, from 8 am – 5 pm

Election Day is November 3, 2020

Certification of Election is December 3, 2020

Completing the Census is extremely important for several reasons, but on a local level, Census results directly affect your district and voting. The Census count determines the number of and boundaries for numerous elected offices, including City Council members. Every 10 years, after the Census is completed, the City forms an independent Redistricting Commission vested with the authority to update Escondido’s Districts for future elections.

Click here for more information on how the Census directly affects Escondido.

For additional information on the independent Redistricting Commission, including how to get involved and how the new district lines are drawn, click here.

Where is my local ballot drop-off?

Find your local ballot drop-off location here.

Where is my local polling location?

Find your November 3rd polling location here

How do I check my voter registration?

Are you registered to vote? Check the registration status here.

How do I check my mail-in ballot?

Want to track your mail-in ballot? Click here to sign up for Where’s My Ballot. 

How do I find past election information?

Past election information can be found here.

What about voter safety?

According to Executive Order N-64-20, all registered California voters will automatically receive a ballot in the mail for the November 3rd General Election. No application is needed. For more information on voting in light of the COVID-19 pandemic please visit the County Registrar’s website. 

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